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The Feast of Maria SS Del Monte Detours 4 BAYFRONT June 25-26, 2016

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The Feast of Maria SS del Monte (Racalmutese) will be held in the north end this weekend Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26. There are a number of closures and parades that will have an impact on HSR Operations.

For the festival, MacNab Street will be closed between Barton and Colbourne from 6 to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Colbourne Street will also be closed between MacNab and Severn for the fireworks display as part of the festival.

Due to this event, route 4 BAYFRONT will be detoured as follows:

GO Transit schedule changes effective June 25th

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Major Lakeshore West schedule changes are coming for trains beginning on Monday, June 27th as GO Transit gets ready for some platform and track closures at Union Station coming in the near future.

With the changes, all Toronto-bound trains departing from both the Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO Station have revised schedules. Scheduled departures to Hamilton’s two GO stations have also changed. However GO Transit has cancelled one change after calls to lessen the impacts of the change.

Here are the changes which start on Monday, June 27th.

2016 Open Streets Hamilton Event Detours Multiple Routes June 19th

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Open Streets Hamilton is taking place on Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and will result in the closure of James between York Blvd / Wilson Street and Strachan Street.

East/West cross traffic will be maintained by Hamilton Police at Cannon and Barton.

Lift Bridge Closure Detours 11 PARKDALE nights of June 20th – 24th

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The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge will be closed to all traffic effective Monday, June 20th, 2016, until Friday, June 24th, 2016 from approximately 7:00pm until 5:00am each day for bridge repairs.

DUE TO THE LENGTHY DETOUR VIA THE QEW, LENGTHY DELAYS ARE POSSIBLE.

Therefore, route 11 PARKDALE buses will be on detour as follows below during these times:

Summer 2016 Schedule Changes

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Summer 2016 edition of their quarterly Bus News. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of summer service on multiple routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday June 26th, 2016.

Scenic Loop construction detours 33 SANATORIUM June 10th & 13th

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Effective Friday, June 10th, 2016 from approximately 7:00 AM until 12:00 NOON and Monday June 13th, 2016 from approximately 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the SCENIC LOOP will be closed due to bus loop milling and resurfacing.

Therefore, route 33 SANATORIUM buses bound for the SCENIC LOOP will be on detour during these times.

2016 Ancaster Heritage Days – 16 ANCASTER Detoured June 11th

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The Ancaster Heritage Days parade will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The parade will result in road closures. For the Parade, Wilson Street in Ancaster will be closed to all traffic between Rousseaux Street and Amberly Blvd. from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and between Rousseaux and Halson Streets between 9:00 AM to 3:00pm. It will be necessary to detour 16 ANCASTER during this road closure.

Due to the street layout and topography of Ancaster, there is a significant area that will have no service at all, between 9:00AM and 3:00PM while the Ancaster Heritage Parade is in progress. The detours are listed below:

HSR Fare Increase effective September 1st, 2016

As part of the ten year transit strategy, HSR fares are increasing effective September 1st, 2016.

The increases are a part of phase 1 of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy. Phase 1, to be rolled out over three periods (September 2015, March 2016 & September 2016) is comprised of actions designed to address current system deficiencies by applying the limited additional vehicles and operators where we will get the best return on investment.

Detailed transit improvements for the fall are yet to be announced, however the fare increases are listed below.

Transit communication needs to be consistent

Back in 2013 the City of Hamilton changed the way routes were listed, both in print and on board buses. It was said that the reason for these changes was to streamline route messaging, especially in light of the new information screens at the MacNab Transit Terminal.

Included as part of this change was a drastic change in the way routes were displayed on buses. Branch numbers were removed from the route identifier, relegated to the destination line. This was perhaps most impactful for route 5 DELAWARE, which has five branches and seven end-of-lines.

Several of the five branches had unique, and often confusing branch names. The 5C branch for example was often referred to as 5C DELAWARE, but was also listed as 5C WEST HAMILTON on some old rollsigns and transit maps. Even more bizarre is the branch of route 5 which travels into Dundas.

2016 Dundas Buskerfest Detours 5 DELAWARE June 3rd – 5th

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The Town of Dundas is holding the Annual Dundas International Buskerfest Festival on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at 6:00pm until Sunday, June 5th, 2015 at 10:00pm. This festival will result in the total closure of King Street West in Dundas between Cross Street and John Street.

During this time route 5 DELAWARE (westbound 52 HEAD STREET / eastbound 5/5E DELAWARE) will be detoured.